House Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census

House Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census
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Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding documents from Trump administration officials detailing their rationale for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHouse chairman threatens to find Justice official in contempt of Congress DOJ rejects Oversight subpoena unless agency lawyer is permitted to attend Third judge blocks citizenship question from 2020 census MORE and Acting Director of the Census Bureau Ron Jarmin on Wednesday, ranking member Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDem lawmaker: 'Quite clear' Trump committed impeachable offenses Cummings on impeachment: 'We may very well come to that' Democrats should be careful wielding more investigations MORE (D-Md.) and five other committee members requested documents before a briefing with the agencies on April 11.

The members specifically asked for all documents and communications relating to any concerns expressed by the Census Bureau about adding the question, and all analyses of the question’s potential impact on census results.

The Department of Commerce announced late last month it was granting a Department of Justice request to reinstate the question about citizenship status to the 2020 census to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Citizenship hasn’t been a question on the centennial data collection form since 1950.

The agency’s decision has been met with stark opposition from Democrats and civil rights groups, which argue a citizenship question will frighten people in immigrant communities away from responding to the census, resulting in an inaccurate count.

The administration is now facing multiple lawsuits challenging its decision.

Wednesday's letter was also signed by Democratic Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneySenate bill seeks to bring freedom back to banking Dems challenge bank CEOs on post-crisis reforms Carole King lobbies lawmakers in support of bill to protect the Rockies MORE (N.Y.), Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayDivided Dems look to regroup John Lewis is endorsement every Dem candidate wants Endorsements? Biden can't count on a flood from the Senate MORE (Mo.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyBipartisan group asks DHS, ICE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals Concerns mount over 2020 census The Hill's Morning Report - Trump vows to close US border with Mexico this week MORE (Va.) and Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezOcasio-Cortez, Jimmy Gomez do pushups during House hearing break Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns Cohen's charges make getting Trump's taxes even more important MORE (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonBipartisan group asks DHS, ICE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals Lawmakers introduce bill to create women's history Smithsonian Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media MORE (D-D.C.).